Copy and complete this table without using a calculator!

  60 780 2100 44460

A Mathematics Lesson Starter Of The Day


Topics: Starter | Arithmetic | Mental Methods | Percentages

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  • Dylan T, Charnwood Primary Lichfield
  • This was a good starter especially if your target is percentages!
  • Faye D Year 6, Charnwood Primary Lichfield
  • A good starter as it got my brain working and lots of people found it challenging.

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% - This is the percent symbol.
Percent means 'out of 100'.

Find 50%:

As 50 is half of 100, then 50% means half. To find 50% of a quantity you need to halve (or divide by two). So 50% of 6 is 3.

Find 10%:

As 10 is one tenth of 100, then 10% means 'one tenth of'. To find 10% of a quantity you need to divide it by ten. So 10% of 800 is 80.

Find 25%:

As 25 is one quarter of 100, then 25% means 'one quarter of'. To find 25% of a quantity you need to divide it by four. So 25% of 20 is 5.

Another way of finding 25% of a quantity is first finding 50% then dividing the result by 2.

Find 33⅓%:

As 33⅓ is one third of 100, then 33⅓% means 'one third of'. To find 33⅓% of a quantity you need to divide it by three. So 33⅓% of 30 is 10.

Find 1%:

As 1 is one hundredth of 100, then 1% means 'one hundredth of'. To find 1% of a quantity you need to divide it by 100. So 1% of 800 is 8.

Find other percentages:

Other percentages can be found by combining some of the techniques mentioned above. Here are some examples:

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  60 780 2100 44460
10% 6 78 210 4446
50% 30 390 1050 22230
25% 15 195 525 11115
33⅓% 20 260 700 14820
75% 45 585 1575 33345
90% 54 702 1890 40014

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